Status: Free
Political Influences: 1
Economic Pressures: 7
Total Score: 8

Population: n/a
GNI/capita: n/a
Life Expectancy: 77
Religious Groups: n/a
Ethnic Groups: New Zealand European(74.5 percent), Maori (10 percent), other European (4.5 percent), Pacific Islander (4 percent), Asian and other (7 percent)
Capital: Wellington

Newspapers and broadcast media express diverse views with few restrictions. Independent broadcasters share time with state-owned radio and television. Following an outcry by domestic watchdog groups and the opposition National Party, the government in November withdrew a last-minute provision in an electoral bill that would have allowed for criminal defamation suits over articles written during election campaigns.

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